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Sonce Reese
University of Baltimore
Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Sonce's Story

“I love Baltimore, and I want to make a difference and create change,” says Sonce.

Several internship experiences have given Sonce opportunities to connect with residents, hear their opinions, and gain a new understanding of issues people care about most. She has worked with the ACLU, Baltimore City Mayoral Campaign, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the Maryland State Police. “I have learned that many people love this city, but are disheartened and saddened by decisions leaders have made.”

Sonce is in a unique position to give Baltimore youth a voice and listen to what is on their minds. She collaborates with a University of Baltimore professor to teach a dual enrollment class called Divided Baltimore. The class is for high school students and is taught at the University of Baltimore; students can earn college credits for the course. “We’ve talked about the conditions of their neighborhoods and schools, including violence in their schools and the deaths of fellow classmates.” At the end of the semester, students present their final project to students, faculty, and staff titled “What Their Baltimore Looks Like.”

Her career goal is to work toward creating healthy, vibrant communities in Baltimore. Sonce believes she can best do this by running for public office, focusing on poverty reduction, neighborhood revitalization, job creation, and housing opportunities.